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Hot from the trades - Unabomb

  Unabomb is a thriller starring Viggo Mortensen and has been sold to multiple countries, especially in Europe. IM Global was able to make deals all across Europe, selling to Germany (Tobis), France (Metropolitan), Italy (Eagle), Spain (TriPictures), Greece (Odeon), Benelux (Splendid), Scandinavia (Scanbox), and the Middle East (Salim Ramia). The film is directed by Robert Lorenz.    - Manette Asta SaveSave ...

Industry in Focus - The Profession of Casting

  In a panel today at 11:00am in the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, international casting directors and other memebers of the industry discussed the qualities of a successful and effective casting director. They also discussed the evolution of casting in the industry as well as how best to collarborate with directors, actors, agents, and producers.  The panel included Richard Cook, Lisa Richards Agency, Ireland; Constance Domontoy, France; Jenny Jue, CSA, USA; Tusse...

Hot from the trades - Sony Obtains Worldwide Rights to Where Hands Touch

  In a deal made at Cannes, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has aquired most of the worldwide rights for Amma Asante's Where Hands Touch from Protagonist Pictures. It is a multi-territory deal with Sony obtaining most worldwide rights, with the exception of certain European areas and Australia. It was negoitated by Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge and head of worldwide sales Vanessa Saal with SPWA's Joe Matukewicz executive vp acquisitions and Michael Helfand, executive...

Hot from the trades - Under the Eiffel Tower

VEEP actor Matt Walsh will star in a romantic comedy alongside French actress Judith Godreche. Archie Borders is the director and one of the writers, the other being David Henry. The film begins with a bourbon salesman (Walsh) approaching his 50s, who proposes to his best friend's daughter underneath the Eiffel Tower, where he is rejected. The Orchard obtained worldwide rights in a deal that closed at Cannes.  - Manette Asta ...

Jesse Eisenberg to star in Resistance

  Jesse Eisenberg will play the legendary mime Marcel Marceau in upcoming film Resistance. The film will focus on Marcel Marceau's involvement in the French resistance during World War II and how he learned to mime to survive and to save Jewish orphans. The film will be directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz with a screenplay that he also wrote.  - Manette Asta ...

Visages Villages - Movie Review

  Visages Villages is directed by Agnès Varda and JR and showcases their adventures as they complete their villages project. The film was a piece that explored the lives of french individuals in the intimate villages in quiet areas of France. It serves as a human interest piece as well as an homage and celebration of Agnès Varda, who’s influence during the french new wave was lasting and has garnered her much respect and admiration in the industry. Personally, the pie...

Hot from the trades - ANIMAL CRACKERS

Arclight Films has brought 'Animal Crackers' to Cannes and has garnered much acclaim and made major sales in key territories, such as U.K. and Canada (eOne), Latin America (Imagem), the Philippines (Captive Entertainment), the Middle East (ECS), Bulgaria (A Plus), and many others. The film, directed by Tony Bancroft and Scott Christan Sava, is about a family who must use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a rundown circus from being taken over by their evil uncle, Horat...

SOLD OUT Second Short Sketch Comedy Session Added!

  Second Short Sketch Comedy Session! Our first Short Sketch Comedy session sold out, so we're bringing you another on Day 1 of the festival! Visit to check out the sketches and get tickets! ...

New York: KINO! 2017

  In its fourth annual edition KINO!  the independent New York festival of German films presented 12 feature films including six US premieres, four productions not shown before on the East Coast and two films screened for the first time in New York. The sidebar Next Generation Short Tiger 2016 offered 12 short films from young German filmmakers. The program reflected the wide variety of themes and approaches of the contemporary German cinema.  Among the highlights of the progra...

NYC Independent Film Festival FREE Virtual Reality Experience

NYC Indie Film Festival VR Experience Session The NYC Independent Film Festival is bringing you an all-day FREE Virtual Reality event on May 6 @ 1 PM! Our first year introducing Virtual Reality to the festival, join us for virtual reality experiences from around the world.  No Necesito Escape Four Walls Someone Else  The Parksville Murders  The event is free but space is limited so reserve your tickets at     ...

Regular Deadline Approching

Spring is in the air shnit is everywhere Our regular deadline is at the door! In the heat and in the cold we watch submissions from young and old and waiting incipiently for your great short!   From Fiction to Docu Romance to Horror Animation to Silent Music clip to Historical period drama We covet them all Them all we want  Submit your film, it’s easy as it seems We are waiting, JUST FOR YOUR SHORT You can either submit your film...

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema to Offer DISTRIBUTION to the top award winning films and MORE!!

Already being hailed by The Wall Street Journal as New York City's next major film event, and as mentioned on The Huffington Post, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is a non-profit organization established to support the development of and help expand the audiences for independent cinema from around the globe. The inaugural festival will take place Aug. 4-13, 2017.  The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema was founded by four local independent filmmakers with a passion to get movies made an...

Seed & Spark on Crowdfunding Presentation

Crowdfunding for filmmakers - Christine Raia gives a step by step walkthrough of how she raised funds for her films and offers her help to the attendees. Christine Raia: The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience. Crowdfunding has become a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. But most filmmakers miss the opportunity to leverage the power of crowdfunding for one film into an audience-building opportunity that can las...

VR Cinema Presentation

Come join us for a VR Presentation followed by a discussion open to the audience.  Presenter: Mark Sternberg, REVRIE Immersive Works Get your tickets at! Sunday, May 7 2 PM - 3:30 PM Clinton Cameo Studios  Studio B  307 West 43 Street New York, NY 10036 Mark is a co-founder of REVRIE Immersive Works, a cinematic virtual reality production company dedicated to telling compelling narratives, and Cinematic VR NYC, a Meetup gro...

Surviving as a Filmmaker Panel

Lights! Camera! Action! Bills.... How do you satisfy your overhead while feeding your passion as a filmmaker? We ask filmmakers just like you how they do it. PANELISTS: Kevin Frech, Logical Chaos/Filmmaker Jimmy Kelly, Writer "THE JOANS KILLERS" Reid Arnstein, Director, ROK Productions, "DEREK IS FUNNY" More panelists to be announced!  Sunday, May 7 12 PM - 1:30 PM Get your tickets at Clinton Cameo Studios Studio ...

Virtual Reality Storytelling

How do we tell stories in Virtual Reality? What are the unique techniques that will separate VR from film, games, and other media? Jon Clinkenbeard of Clinkenfilms will discuss how "true" VR blends cinematic techniques and interactive design to create entirely new experiences and how we are still on our way to unlocking the full potential of Virtual Reality as an art form. PRESENTER:  Jon Clinkenbeard from Clinkenfilms will discuss blending cinematic techniques with ...

Women in Entertainment Panel

Join our female-driven, NYC Indie Film Festival panel with moderator Megan Boyle as she speaks to top professionals throughout the entertainment industry. Learn how these women use their voice to play a role in tackling various issues facing American society today and how they use their position to further these conversations. We’ll also hear about what they are doing to stand up against and/or change the current political climate. PANELISTS: Jessica Sobhraj, Women in Music/Cosynd...

Distribution Panel

Join us as we investigate the newest alternative distribution strategies for your films and compare them to theses new avenues to the standard distribution models. PANELISTS: John Raisola, Sidewinder Films  Roland Rojas, BidSlate Amy Shapiro, Vivicast Media Get your tickets at!  Friday, May 5 4:30PM - 6PM Producers Club  Theater S  358 West 44th Street  New York, NY 10036 _____________________________ John R...

Animation Panel

Come meet the experts on Animation and hear what they have to say about the future of animation. PANELISTS: Andy London, London Squared/HOSTOS, CUNY/Harvard Signe Baumane, ROCKS IN MY POCKETS and MARRIAGE PROPOSAL Tucker Klein, Character Designer Yvonne Grzenkowicz, EyeSnare Productions Get your tickets at! Thursday, May 4 4:30PM - 6PM Producers Club  Theater S  358 West 44th Street  New York, NY 10036 ___________________...

Film Finance Panel

  Learn straight from the industry professionals on how to finance your next indie film. PANELISTS: Rick Bach, RKA Entertainment Christine Peluso, Tax Credits Ince More panelists to be announced!  Wednesday, May 3 4:30PM-6PM Producers Club  Theater S  358 West 44th Street  New York , NY 10036 Get your tickets at! ...

Music Licensing Panel

You love that song! You want to use that song in your movie. What rights will you need? Come meet the experts that will explain what a Music Supervisor does, what you should work with a Performing Rights Society, and if you can afford the Synch and Master use fees for the song. Panelists to be announced! Tuesday, May 2 4:30 PM-6PM   Producers Club    Theater S  358 West 44th Street  New York, NY 10036 ...

2017 NYC Independent Film Festival Official Selections Up Now!

Now live on our website is the 2017 NYC Independent Film Festival lineup! Check out all of this year's films, music videos, scripts, and more now at and join us in May for the festival! ...

IRRF 2017 is open for submissions

We are open!     ...

International Random Film Festival 2017 - Helsinki 5-7 May 2017

Call for films 2017
Great News: We are happy to invite you to submit your film to the 6th edition of the 


International Random Film Festival (IRFF).

You can submit your film directly at our website: or at FilmFreeway.

You only need to fill the online form, no submission fee, and no preview screeners are needed.

Submission deadline is 25 March 2017 


1) You have to have the rights to distribute the film you are submitting.
2) Only one entry per director.
3) English subtitles have to be provided, for any non-English dialogue in your film.
Length of film: any
Year of production: any
Genre: any
Format: any
Submission fee: none

25 films from all of the online submissions are randomly selected to the festival’s official international competition.

Random Awards will be given. One film in the competition will be randomly selected to win the Random Grand Prix, the most prestigious, truly random film award in the world, awarded since 2010.
The 6th Edition of the IRFF will be held in Helsinki, Finland, 5-7 May 2017.


We are looking forward to your films.



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Glendale International Film Festival Call for Entries

October 12 - October 22, 2017 10 Days! This is the fourth year of the exciting national and international film festival in the beautiful City of Glendale, California. Our wonderful venues are the PACIFIC THEATRES GLENDALE at the AMERICANA as well as many other locations! This year's festival is once again dedicated to All Creatures Great and Small in the Animal Kingdom (especially cats, dogs and horses!) as well as Women Film Makers and Screenwriters! We are also dedicated to creating film ...